On the evening of June 10, 2021, the SE3 committee hosted their second virtual speed mentorship event. During the 1.5 hour event, participants were divided into small groups. Each group rotated to three rooms with 1-2 mentors. The goal was for each attendee to be able to ask questions and receive responses from a variety of different engineers. During the zoom intermissions, when groups were being rotated, large group discussions were able to take place.
The event was well attended with 43 registrants and a diverse group of 11 mentors. The mentors shared their insights into our profession, ideas on work/life balance, tips for a first job, ideas for how to get involved in our profession, and numerous other topics. During the large group discussion time the mentors talked about getting involved in a code committee (even as “a fly on the wall”), the process to change the code, and taking a long term approach to code change.
One of the comments from an attendee was, “I really enjoyed the event and felt it was a great success. It was my first time, and (I) was bedazzled by the positions held by the mentors and the experiences they shared with us. I want to sincerely thank SEAONC for organizing this event and for giving this opportunity to talk with individuals I would have never thought of meeting otherwise. Cheers!”
We would like to extend a big thank you to our mentors: Lynn Deutschbauer of KPW Structural Engineers; Hayley Dickson of Forell/Elesser; SteveHarris of SGH; Ayse Hortacsu of Applied Technology Council; Grace Kang of Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center; Carlos Ortiz of CDM Smith; Keith Palmer of SGH; Zander Sivyer of Holmes Structures, Lloyd Soohoo of Stantec; and Karen Vogt-Wilcox of SGH
Written by: Karen Vogt-Wilcox of Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) and SEAONC SE3 Treasurer